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One year….

f there was any year that will be the most memorable year in any educators’ careers, I’m guessing that this will be the year. 2020 going into 2021 was/has been a challenge for any teacher.

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Percent on a Number Line

Rather than teaching students about the part to whole ratio and making it into a proportion, I was asking them to do word searches to find the clues.

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How to Make a Conference Worth Your While

It’s conference season.  To date, I’ve been to 2 conferences (Northwest and CMC-South) and am packing up to head to CMC-North in Pacific Grove, CA.  It’ll be a 5 hour drive up north, but it’ll be worth it when I see the gorgeous ocean and the scenic views.  Oh…and all the learning that my brain can soak up.   For the first time in …

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100s Task

Hello 2019-2020 school year.  And with a new year, come fresh faces in our classrooms, new beginnings, and a year to explore mathematics. Some teachers have their usual beginning of the school activities.  I usually like to look around and research fresh new ideas to try out especially for my math curriculum.  One activity that I tried out was the 100s task by …

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Paul Lockhart’s Lament

During the first days of summer, I usually catch up with my guilty pleasure TV shows and get a few projects around the house completed.  However, I found myself jumping into my first book “A Mathematician’s Lament” by Paul Lockhart.  It is sold on Amazon, but I also found a PDF here. Someone on Twitter had posted a quote from …

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NCTM 2019 San Diego

It’s Monday night and my head is still reeling from all that I learned, experienced, and witnessed at NCTM San Diego.  Whenever I go to such a big conference, I just act like a sponge and soak it all in.  NCTM is a place where we all learn from each other.  I haven’t been to the NCTM Annual conference since …

What’s Our Purpose?

Something has been rattling on my mind for about a week.  I wasn’t sure if I should write a post about it, but then again, I haven’t posted in a while. (6th grade can really kill your free time). If you were asked as a math teacher, “What’s your purpose?“, what would be your response?  I know that it’s a …

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CMC 2018

I love having a 3 day weekend, because I can catch up with a blog post or two. Came back last weekend from a wonderful weekend of sunshine, the desert, and math.  Yes…I’m talking about California Math Council’s conference in Palm Springs.  Haven’t been in 2 years so I was anticipating some amazing ideas. First of all, I had the …

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Ten Percent Increase- Pt 1

Oh the joys of the start of school.  The smell of the newly sharpened pencils, clean unmarked whiteboards,  and teacher’s CAASPP scores being reviewed. As part of my district’s annual tradition, we always start off with a district wide kickoff.  The Board of Ed waves and smiles.  Our district’s Teacher of the Year says a few inspiring words.  Teacher with …